Earlybird Series Finale – 21st May 2023

Sailors were greeted with a fresh north easterly breeze veering back and forth to northerly.

Nice flat waters and lovely sunshine with the tide having turned.

Race officer took the decision to set a course with beat off the start line with a short leg to the windward (ish) mark and then a reach, run reach and beat rectangular course.

Danny P was first off the mark being chased by Steve and Arran in the lasers  and Andrew in the Topaz Cat. Andrew was clear first to the first down wind mark flying his kite all the way but the pack of lasers caught up and overtook by the end of the windward leg.

Lap two saw Pete Wells capsize right in fron of the club house, and struggling to right the beast on his own.

Meanwhile at the back Carl and Aiden were battling it out with Danny C in the topazes. Difficult decision making for some …hug the shore and keep out the tide or seek wind further out, The Topazes did the former. Steve Danny and Arran had a close fought tussle but Steve got line honours,  with Danny 3 secs ahead of Arran….or so we thought but Danny P hit the finishing buoy and lost out , and was DSQ as he chose not to do the penalty turns !

In the slow fleet Danny C was ahead of Carl by just five seconds

Race two found the race officer regretting his decision to create a windward start and had to remove the Fisrt windward mark due to lack of water . The reaching start favour the cats and Andrew shot off the line ahead of the lasers. Not for long as the sea breeze started to counter the Northerly and soon all five lasers were nicely bunched together on the down wind leg.

This was another Laser duelling race, Steve, Danny and Arran in that order and after several lead changes. In the slow fleet a nail biting finish saw Carl and Aiden stall about ten feet from the finish line with Danny C bearing down on them ! They crawled across the line 15 seconds ahead of Danny. Nail biting stuff !

Overall Steve wins the Fast fleet ahead of Danny and Neil. Carmel in a Laser Radial finishes 4th overall and wins In the Slow Fleet. There were no other qualifiers who sailed the 10 races necessary (out of 22).